Missional Ecclesiology addresses key questions in the relationship between the ongoing mission of Christ, the role of the church and congregation, and the role of missional agencies and agitators. Consider how churches are conformed to Christ, how they make disciples, heal a broken world, and witness to Jesus and his gospel in your own and other contexts across cultures and contexts. Through enthnographic and autoethnographic means, enter the ongoing story of the missio Dei through careful reflection on conformity to Christ.

Unit code: DM9719S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Describe particular missional ecclesiologies of diverse Christian traditions and contexts.


Articulate benefits of missional ecclesiology and conformity to Christ in personal and congregational life.


Evaluate missional ecclesiology in the light of biblical, theological, and traditional roots.


Compare and contrast the use of key aspects of missional ecclesiology in particular traditions.


Lead others in the study and practice of missional ecclesiology.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: Either previous study in missiology, pastoral or spiritual care, theology or bible; or substantial experience in and reflection on corporate Christian life. This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Abilene Christian University/Stirling Theological College Doctor of Ministry Program.


Participants will engage in reading, an immersive learning and practical experience, will make presentations and share reflections. The unit may be offered by intensive or online or a combination.

Indicative Bibliography

Durrwell, Francois-Xavier. The Holy Spirit of God: A Biblical Theology of Mission. London: Chapman, 1986

Guder, Darrell. Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Hill, Graham Joseph. Salt, Light, and a City: Conformation--Ecclesiology For The Global Missional Community. Volume 1, Western Voices. Second Edition. Cascade, 2017.

Hill, Graham Joseph. Salt, Light, and a City: Conformation--Ecclesiology For The Global Missional Community. Volume 2, Majority World Voices. Second Edition. Cascade, 2020.

Kärkkäinen, V.-M. An Introduction to Ecclesiology: Ecumenical, Historical and Global Perspectives. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002.

Newbigin, Lesslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995.

Tyra, Gary. The Holy Spirit in Mission: Prophetic Speech and Action in Christian Witness. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.

Wright, Christopher J H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2006.

Wright, Christopher J H. The Mission of God’s people: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Introductory Essay 1000 15.0
Oral Presentation - Presentation 1500 20.0
Report - Class Reports 1500 20.0
Personal Reflection - Reflection on a Key Expression of Missional Ecclesiology 1500 20.0
Report - Conformity to Christ and the Shaping of Missional Churches 2500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-16 17:10:25 +1100